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  1. As has been said September is just brilliant...

    As has been said September is just brilliant timing! The Game Fair season is over and Trialling yet to kick off. This being Ireland (it's a foreign country, they do things differently there:cool:)...
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    http://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/revwar/image_ga...

    http://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/revwar/image_gal/morrimg/web_exhibit/Hat_Tricorn_MORR3874.jpg

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    From experience, even as an amateur hobby trainer...

    From experience, even as an amateur hobby trainer you are likely to have some difficulties with folks expectations. If you make it a paying hobby or small business then you should conduct the...
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    That leaped off the page. How long back was...

    That leaped off the page.

    How long back was "just"? A dog will accept his new home in a week or so, it will be a lot longer before he trusts you or feels confident with you. Before I make any...
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    KS Bugger, bugger, bugger. You did nobly the...

    KS

    Bugger, bugger, bugger. You did nobly the old boy, but perhaps as Becky hints ,it was all for the best; he was a one man dog and now the pair of them are at ease.

    Once again, well done.
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    KS If you read this before feeding him, chunk...

    KS

    If you read this before feeding him, chunk the venison and feed him out of your hands, not the bowl. If he wants to lick your fingers ..... great!!

    Anyway, the best of luck, and good on you...
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    That's the point; after 30 hours he isn't your...

    That's the point; after 30 hours he isn't your dog. Shooting a few birds will be fine once you've got him onside and he knows you are the one he's supposed to bring a retrieve to.

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    KS, Just to expand on Sonia's post above which...

    KS,

    Just to expand on Sonia's post above which is excellent.

    When I've taken dogs into our kennels for retraining or whatever, I reckon it takes three or four days for them to accept their new...
  9. Poll: 1) Making papier mache handles for a heeling...

    1) Making papier mache handles for a heeling stick and a piece of rope.

    2) Drawing lots for who starts up the chain saw that doesn't have a functioning brake.

    3) Actual .... I pretty much got...
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    BK, The problem with grass that long is that...

    BK,

    The problem with grass that long is that the "scent cone" doesn't form as easily or move as far as we (or the dog!) would like. I'm sure we've all marked a fall into shin high grass on a still...
  11. Kachinng! One of the differences in hunting as...

    Kachinng!

    One of the differences in hunting as espoused in this forum and the rest of the world is ground game, and therein lies the requirement for sitting to flush. I witnessed one careless man...
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    I've changed the way I work names and "back". ...

    I've changed the way I work names and "back".

    For the last ten years or so I've been picking up with two, three or four dogs on big driven shoots; by big I mean anything up to six hundred bird...
  13. The first thing that jumped off the page is the...

    The first thing that jumped off the page is the presence of another dog. If it's there during the training sessions it will undoubtedly be the alpha and this does inhibit sensitive puppies. They see...
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    schmicr, The offers you've had of hands-on...

    schmicr,

    The offers you've had of hands-on help are absolute gold dust, for heavens sake don't let them slip through your fingers.

    What we've learned so far is that whatever you've been doing...
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    Both!! It was in Soccerese for a start, but...

    Both!!

    It was in Soccerese for a start, but with Birmingham (the proper one, not your one :cool:) inflexions and a bit of verbal shorthand. Your incomprehension does you credit, any outsider who...
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    schmicr, We look forward to it. Thinking...

    schmicr,

    We look forward to it.

    Thinking about this overnight and reviewing your posts, I think those who are advocating the use of a few live birds to judge wether the dog has any retrieving...
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    Having returned five times and being kicked five...

    Having returned five times and being kicked five times most dogs won't come back on the whistle!

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    Mike, Quite right!! An abysmal season, but...

    Mike,

    Quite right!!

    An abysmal season, but as cousine Carole says supporting the Baggies or the Villa is at least character building.:cool: I hae ma doots about young Timmy, as you know I...
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    Clicker is by far and away the best tool for...

    Clicker is by far and away the best tool for teaching and moulding body position. Don't confuse treat training with clicker, they aren't the same thing. As regards "not treat focussed" don't clicker...
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    Schmicr Part II

    Non FF retrievers. Steady, quiet, no whining or yipping, just doing the job.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVJ8c6tRSpg

    The retrieve around five minutes, only an FF dog can be relied upon in...
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    Ok, I'll play; if I'm being trolled then it's no...

    Ok, I'll play; if I'm being trolled then it's no shame on me.

    Schmicr, first you need to recognise that this forum is largely populated by people who force fetch their dogs as a matter of routine...
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    Clicker. Eug

    Clicker.

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    Just so, Chris. The Hunt pay for the grub if...

    Just so, Chris.

    The Hunt pay for the grub if you want them to, we didn't bother; another two mouths to feed was neither here nor there; and there's no payment, it's just for the love of the thing....
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    Be still my beating heart.:D The first sporting...

    Be still my beating heart.:D The first sporting dogs I ever came across or learned anything about were foxhounds, and to this day I find them the most wonderful and rewarding animals.

    When a...
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    What Ho!

    Andrew,

    Welcome to the asylum. Nurse will be along shortly with your medication. ;)

    One thing you might consider is joining a local training group. You'll meet like minded people and have...
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